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How long should I wait to do heavy lifting after appendectomy for ruptured appendix? I was in hospital for 7 days and it took me about 4 weeks for me to start walking properly i had a open surgery and it is about a 4-5 inch opening on the right side of ac

How long should I wait to do heavy lifting after appendectomy for ruptured appendix? I was in hospital for 7 days and it took me about 4 weeks for me to start walking properly i had a open surgery and it is about a 4-5 inch opening on the right side of ac

In : In general, for uncomplicated surgeries, it is recommended to wait 6-8 weeks prior to lifting anything heavier that a gallon of milk. This is because the tensile strength of a wound is relatively stable at this point. After this, a slow return to normal pre-surgery activity should ensue. ...Read more

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Dr. Dan Lister
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Removal Of Appendix (Definition)

An appendectomy is surgery to remove the appendix. The appendix is a small, finger-shaped organ extending from the first part of the large intestine. It is removed when it becomes inflamed or infected. A perforated appendix can leak and infect the entire abdominal area, which can be life-threatening. An appendectomy is done under general anesthesia, which means you are asleep and do not feel any pain during the surgery. The surgeon makes a small cut in the lower right side of your belly area ...Read more


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Why am i having gas pain after appendectomy?

Why am i having gas pain after appendectomy?

Normal: It is normal for the intestines to be bit uncoordinated after an abdominal operation with general anesthesia. This can cause some bloating, and eventually that all has to come out. There is nothing specific related to the appendectomy and "gas". Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a burning, pulling, and painful sensation on the lower left side after appendectomy? Hurts to cough, laugh, sit up, or move

Is it normal to have a burning, pulling, and painful sensation on the lower left side after appendectomy? Hurts to cough, laugh, sit up, or move

It can be: Appendectomy can be done open or laparoscopically. If done with a laparoscope, this is sometimes an incision in the left lower abdomen that can account for pain. Sometimes the pain is due to constipation seen after surgery, and this can happen with open or lapif there associated fever or chills then i would contact your doctor to consider a cat scan tom check for postoperative infection or abscess. ...Read more

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Wondering if it's ok to sleep on your side after a laparoscopic appendectomy?

Wondering if it's ok to sleep on your side after a laparoscopic appendectomy?

If Comfortable: It is ok to sleep on your side after laparoscopic appendectomy if it is comfortable for you. You will do no harm doing so. ...Read more

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I have pain on my right side after a laparoscopic appendectomy. I am also bleeding when i urinate a bit. I also gave birth a month ago. I am breast fe?

I have pain on my right side after a laparoscopic appendectomy. I am also bleeding when i urinate a bit. I also gave birth a month ago. I am breast fe?

See your surgeon: All could be a normal postoperative recovery, or you could be developing a bladder infection, have a bladder injury (unlikely) or developing an intraabdominal abscess. If the operation was within the last six weeks or so, call your surgeon for an appointment and physical exam. ...Read more

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Is it usual to feel better, then start having pain again on right side two weeks after lap appendectomy? Feel nautious, distended stomach still.

Is it usual to feel better, then start having pain again on right side two weeks after lap appendectomy? Feel nautious, distended stomach still.

Appendix : I would speak to your surgeon about this and get yourself check out to rule out post op complication or alternative diagnosis. ...Read more

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What to do if I had a laproscopic appendectomy about 20 months ago, and now I look I think my scar is on the wrong side?

What to do if I had a laproscopic appendectomy about 20 months ago, and now I look I think my scar is on the wrong side?

Probably OK: An open appendectomy is performed via an incision right over the location of the appendix in the right lower part of the abdomen. A laparoscopic appendectomy is often done through 3 small incisions, 1 through or near the umbilicus and 2 elsewhere, often above the pubic bone and in the left side of the abdomen or upper right side. If concerned, speak with the surgeon who did the operation. ...Read more

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I have had a lap appendectomy and it is oozing and i can see fatty tissue. With a slight touch on the side it spreads. Is it normal and what do I do?

Call your doctor: Most appendectomy incisions are closed at the end of surgery. It sounds like yours may have opened, which is not usual. Check with your surgeon to make sure this is expected in to make sure it doesn't indicate an early wound infection. ...Read more

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Appendectomy one month ago. For the past week i've had pain in the right side and a fever. Went into ER 4 days ago tests were normal. Still have fever?

Call your surgeon: Best person to find the cause your problem and treat is your surgeon , will examine and order tests , an abscess may be forming or some thing else. ...Read more

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Hi, my friend had an appendectomy on wednesday morning. He now has a swollen and purple testicle on one side, what could this mean?

Likely OK: This is likely just bruising from the surgery. Blood and fluid travel eith gravity do can end up in the scrotum. I still would contact your surgeon, . ...Read more

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I had a lap appendectomy a month ago and I have a tiny bump underneath the scar on my left. When i push or massage it, it hurts the whole side.Normal.

I had a lap appendectomy a month ago and I have a tiny bump underneath the scar on my left. When i push or massage it, it hurts the whole side.Normal.

Okay..., but...: To an extent, it's normally expected for some residual swelling usually from small expected tissue fluid such as blood. Generally speaking, it's ok and leave it alone as long as feeling less tender and smaller bumpy. It takes time with various pace among individuals. Meanwhile, try resisting the temptation to push it and minimize physical activity to strain abdominal muscles. More" ask surgeon. ...Read more

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I had a laparoscopic appendectomy about 2 weeks ago. For about 3 days now I've had a pain on my left side close to my hip bone. Should I worry?

Bring it: to attention of your surgeon. If the pain is close to one of the trocar sites, it could be a local problem. If not, it could be something going on inside your abdomen. ...Read more

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I'm having trapped gas pain on my right side. I have been passing gas & belching. I just had a laparascopic appendectomy 19 days ago. Is this normal?

Yes: With laparoscopic appendectomy there is alway a certain amount of inflammation in the region of the cecum and adjacent rt. colon. There can also be a minimal degree of ileus or lack of peristalsis in the bowel causing gas accumulation and retrograde motion of gas or belching. One should wait several wks for resolution. ...Read more

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Appendectomy 14/7 - found multiple cysts on my ovary still in pain R side with heavy periods? Is this the cysts GP waiting 4wk before scanning me.

Appendectomy 14/7 - found multiple cysts on my ovary still in pain R side with heavy periods? Is this the cysts GP waiting 4wk before scanning me.

Cysts may cause pain: The size of cysts is not mentioned. Small cysts generally cause no pain. You do not mention if your appendix was inflamed, normal, ruptured, or if you had an abscess. You also do not mention if you have fever. If you had an abscess or have fever, see your doctor right away. Cysts are not usually associated with heavy periods, and seeing an OB/GYN might be useful after ultrasound. Good Luck! ...Read more

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I'm having severe pain in my lower right abdomen. I've had a hysterectomy yet only have my left ovary. I've had an appendectomy. I was told I had an ovarian cyst on the left side, so what is causing the pain on the right?

Depends: How long ago was the surgery? If recent, they may have accidentally left an instrument or sponge in, or it could be a complication related to surgery. Otherwise, it could be something else, and you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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4 weeks ago i had an emergency open appendectomy. Healing has gone well. The last two days I have been getting really sore on right side front & back?

Abdominal pain: If the discomfort is steady, localizes to the right lower abdomen and has associated tenderness, i feel that you should be examined by your surgeon in view of your recent surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Appendectomy (Definition)

An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. It can either be done through an open incision ...Read more